Passenger is the first book by Alexandra Bracken that I read. I loved how it opened, especially the scenes from Etta’s point of view. This gave me a very good sense of what her life was like before the whole time travel theme started and this was a big plus for me.
However, once Etta travelled to a different time, I found the start of that a little too slow for my taste. There was a lot of explaining, which is needed because the world/time is so different, but to me it felt like it slowed the story down a little too much.
As I continued reading, this story grew on me. Sadly enough, I didn’t really connect to the characters for no specific reason: the characters are fleshed out and well-written, so I take the full blame for not connecting to them a 100%.
Passenger has a lot of interesting themes: time travel, ships, pirates, a historical setting… It has amazing world building and Bracken’s writing style is full of details without being boring.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and if the above themes spark your interest, I recommend reading it!
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.